Lena Dunham Threatens Lawsuit Over Leaked Book Proposal

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    Lena Dunham, filmmaker, actress and director, speaks during a one-on-one session at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California October 2, 2012.
By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
December 12, 2012|3:55 pm

Lena Dunham has recently slapped Gawker a cease and desist letter after the publication leaked 66 pages of her book proposal.

HBO's "Girls" creator signed the lucrative book deal with Random House earlier this year and Dunham could see up to $3.5 million for the work, entitled "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned."

This week, Dunham's lawyer Charles Harder contacted Gawker insisting they remove the content about Dunham's book from their website, UPI reported.

Gawker complied with Harder and removed the pages, but kept 12 quotes from the proposal along with snarky annotations about them on the website.

Buzzfeed has also taken down every image from the post "9 Passages From Lena Dunham's Book Proposal Illustrated By Her Instagrams."

Moreover, the "Girls" showrunner is threatening to seek legal action against Gawker, according to CNN.

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"Not That Kind of Girl" was part of the most heated book auctions of the year, with Random House winning the book.

"We're thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House," said editor-in-chief and publisher of Random House Susan Kamil in a statement. "Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable – fresh, wise, so assured. She is a rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author."

The 26-year-old screenwriter, director, producer, and actress will offer advice on life and love, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Not That Kind of Girl" includes excerpts about Dunham losing her virginity, eating healthy, fashion tips, worries about death, and "the most awkward date ever with an older director."

The book is expected to be a bestseller similar to Tina Fey's memoir "Bossypants."

Some quotes from Dunham's million-dollar proposal are as follows, via Seattle Pi.

"Every ice pop I ate, every movie I watched, every poem I wrote was tinged with a fearful loss."

"I've been in therapy since I was seven."

Dunham has already experienced success with "Girls," the semi-autobiographical HBO series about four women in their twenties living in New York City. The comedy series was nominated to an Emmy this year. Season two is scheduled to begin on January 13.

 

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